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Waiting for Columbus Live

4.8 out of 5 stars 88 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (May 30 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Warner Bros
  • ASIN: B000002KI9
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 88 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #47,232 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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2. Fat Man In The Bathtub
3. All That You Dream
4. Oh Atlanta
5. Old Folks' Boogie
6. Time Loves A Hero
7. Day Or Night
8. Mercenary Territory
9. Spanish Moon
10. Dixie Chicken
11. Tripe Face Boogie
12. Rocket In My Pocket
13. Willin'
14. Sailin' Shoes
15. Feats Don't Fail Me Now

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Few rock concert documents can match this 1978 live album for sheer musicianship, or for its full-blooded representation of one of the best live bands ever. Little Feat's turbulent '70s pilgrimage had been studded with commercial detours when its second incarnation as a swampy, blues-rock sextet clicked musically, and these English and American dates, beautifully recorded by George Massenburg, capture the band in all its rowdy, precise glory. The late Lowell George's influence had been damped down in the studio, deferring to his bandmates' writing and singing, but Columbus is dominated by his gruff, lyrical vocal presence and the mercurial tang of his indelible slide guitar. With the Tower of Power Horns aboard to inject razor-sharp horn work, this romp through the Feat songbook of southern-fried rock represents a satisfying summation of the band's best works, every bit as engaging as their studio models. This is simmering, smart music measured by an honour roll of great songs with no lapses. The only caveat--and a minor one--is the deletion of two tracks to squeeze the original two LPs onto a single CD. --Sam Sutherland

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Format: Audio CD
There is not another live rock album that can hold a candle to the sheer musicianship and energy of "Waiting for Columbus." Rhino has done the unbelievable - this release is far better than any of the past (LP, Mobile Fidelity LP, CD) because of the sound quality and the addition of previously unheard tracks from the concerts. I guarantee this CD will be in your player morning, noon and night.
Lowell George, lead vocalist, slide guitarist extraordinnaire and song writer, IS the Rock and Roll Doctor. It is clear he is the leader of the band. Regardless of his estrangement from the group in the years before and his drug problem, obviously Lowell was at his top live form here. This is a band that lived onstage for years and know exactly how to relate to each other musically in this setting. Looking to Lowell for direction never subjugates any of their exuberance and creativity. In fact, playing and oddly re-recording the same Lowell George tunes made the perfect framework for continual and better improvisation. That history gels perfectly in this album.
There is no better rhythm section with Feat than Tower of Power horns, and they are a fabulous addition on all their tracks. 'Mercenary Territory' is a stand out, but it would be hard to choose their best one. Richie Haywood is just simply the most solid, consistent drummer in rock and roll, but he couldn't stand out in this album had it not been for bass player Kenny Gradney and their almost twin-like connection. It is my opinion that Ken was responsible for much of the syncopation that Lowell loved. All in all, the rhythm section, including Sam Clayton on congas, just cooks and never cools down for the whole album.
Lowell's vocals are heartbreakingly beautiful.
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In 1977 (what month I don't know, too stoned at the time!) a few buddies of mine told me the Feat were going to be at Lisner auditorium at Georgetown University, Wash. DC. (I grew-up in Falls Church, Va). Having seen King Crimson and Bonnie Raitt at this venue, I knew it was gonna be a real kicker. But it wasn't 'til I got there that they announced it was gonna be recorded for a live album. The Feat were known for turning their backs on stadiums and arenas and preferred the closeness of smaller venues. Although from California, they were really at
home in the Washington/Baltimore area. Washington was known for it's blues/rock environment. Just check out the DC home band the Nighthawks (30 years and still going strong!).
Well anyway, the show opens as you hear on the album with our local DJ Cerph (from WHFS station at the time) introducing the Feat. Geared with the Tower Of Power horn section, you couldn't ask for a better performance. I'm not gonna go over every song here mainly because not all of the album is recorded at this show. But fortunately I didn't get too bombed-out where I can't remember it all except that it was one of best concerts I ever went to. Dixie Chicken/Tripe Face Boogie medley being the real stand out. After the show, we came back to one of my buddy's house and THEN we got bombed out. This is the part I don't remember to much!
All in all I've always considered this album the last of the great live/jam albums of the 70's. Taking it's place with The Allman Bros. Filmore East, The Band's Rock Of Ages and The Who's Live At Leeds. Not simply because I was there, but because very few bands perform live like this these days. The days of improv, reworking and extending songs just doesn't happen much today. These days your lucky just to get good lip-synching!
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Format: Audio CD
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One of the best live albums ever. Brings out the spark that was Little Feat with Lowell George. Shows off the great talent of all the people in this band. This is one of those rare times when everything was right. Adding the horns, Tower of Power, not a bad bunch of guys temselves, simply make this a clinic in how to put a live spin on great studio songs and make something new out of it. A required listen if you think you like Rock, the blues, Jazz, Boogie country. It's all here. Enjoy.
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Format: Audio CD
The other reviewers have done a great job on this album, so I will add only this: this is the tightest, funkiest, most creative, most stunning rhythm section caught on tape. We could get into a huge debate about it, but I tell you the most important thing in any rock band is the rhythm section and these guys define it. I swear that the final exam from the Berklee College of Music should be if you are able to play "Mercenary Territory" which is in some oddball time signature but grooves along just like all the rest of the tunes on this album. Anyway, as the other reviewers say, just buy this album because you won't be disappointed and it will save any party when the music has gone hopelessly off the rails (anything can be fixed with a good "Dixie Chicken", just as any dish can be saved by adding cheese). But once you have it, if you really want to have a genuinely musically good time, listen to the drummer and bass player. I mean - really listen. Listen to the stray hi-hat hits and the China Boy hits before the big crash, the octave walking bass. And don't forget to inhale Lowell George. May he rest in peace.
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